Business Modeling

This business model is modeled after Georgia Southern’s Concessions, where I worked for 4 years. Concessions was a part of Eagle Dining Services and were at every Athletic event as well as other special events such as Tim McGraw, and The Jabbawockeez. This models how their business works and flows.

This business model is after a company I made up called “App Organizer”. The idea behind this is that users can search for apps by different categories, prices, functions, etc. It is an app, but helps you find apps that you would like instead of always downloading apps and trying them out and later deleting them because they don’t fit your needs.

Podcast: TechStuff’s “What is a Router?”

What is a router? It’s pretty important to everyone who uses computers to connect to the internet, or to connect to other computers. “A router is a network of networks….computers talking to computers..” routers connect us, our computers, to networks that connect to service providers which then connect to other providers and servers. So basically, without a router, we would all be lost.

This transfer of information across different layers allows us to download content and view websites. The OSI (open systems interconnection) Model was mentioned in this podcast. It houses the seven layers of communication. Check here for a more in depth look. A few of these layers really play a major part in making routers work.

Routers allow for users to communicate between devices within a LAN (local area network). You don’t necessarily need a router to do this, but this is controlled by a switch. The router controls the information from the LAN to the internet, and receives information from the internet and sends it back to the LAN to be viewed on your device. Think data transfers- downloading music from iTunes.

Another important part of a router mentioned in this podcast was the routing table. Think of this as a GPS. It gives the router directions when communicating from one computer to another. It gives packets sent between machines the fastest route, which isn’t necessarily the shortest route. In case of a problem packets can be rerouted. If packets aren’t sent, the information is tracked and then resent. But this happens so fast, you will never notice it.

Routing tables are dynamic and are always changing, because the internet is always changing. Sometimes machines are switched off and the routing table recognizes this and routes packets accordingly.

To listen to this podcast and other TechStuff podcasts, click here.

Blog Intro

This blog is for MIST 7500 Internet Technology, as part of the requirements in UGA’s Master of Internet Technology program. Throughout this fall semester I will be blogging about various topics related to this course, and also about topics of interest. I hope that I will continue this blog throughout my entire grad school experience.

This past May I graduated from Georgia Southern with my Bachelors of Science in Information Technology, with a specialization in web & multimedia and a 2nd discipline in music technology. I am currently working as a marketing intern at BravePoint in Norcross. Even though I’m in the marketing department I am working with web development and social media. Before this job I worked as a student Web Assistant at GA Southern. I hope to stay in the web development field and learn some more design and code for the internet.

In my free time I train for triathlons, run and ride one of my 3 bikes. I also enjoy kayaking and being outside. I hope to live somewhere near the Chattahoochee River one day, but still be close to the city.

I love technology and am currently obsessed with my Kindle Fire and MacBook Pro. I just made the switch from PC to Mac this August and I am loving it. Maybe one day I’ll go from Android to iPhone too.

I’m looking forward to learning everything in this program and getting to know all of my classmates and professors in my cohort!